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Full text of "Linguistic Survey Of India Vol Ii Mon Khmer Siamese Chinese Families"

The Genitive takes no prefix or suffix, hut is placed after the governing word. Thus
yoS fcw0, a tail, o]_ F<> a fish; yD 8 v\ hang p&> a fish's tail ; [8 nm, hand, os$
mew, he, ^8 o<;$ mw man, his hand.

Other prefixes and suffixes used to indicate cases are the following. A line follow-
ing a word indicates a prefix. When two words are separated by a line, it indicates that
the noun is placed between them ;

tl - , Hnwft, to,

\itk - , \uk - mat, from.

"hang- - , to, for.

an - , with, by means of.

tang - , withs together with,

Adjectives. These do not change lor gender.   They follow the nouns they qualify.

Thus 0^*5 <; \dn nl3 a good (nZ) man Particles Indicating number or case are
appended to the last word.

The Comparative is formed by prefixing khen\ more, to the adjective, and adding
mai or fam*8hil. Thus, 

ko                  ,-nai               wiai              \.on                   a-naw"               khen         than

man                  this             than           man                  that               more          olds

i.e., that man (is) older than this man.

bit                   &n                     Men                   you                l&m-shi

boat             which                more                large               than                          that,

i.e 3 a boat which is Larger than that.

To form the Superlative we say * more than all ', as in Men yau lum-$Jii iang-mung,
larger than all, largest. Sometimes tl is prefixed to tang-mting, as khen yau him ft
tdng-nutng.

The Numerals are given in the list of words. All are pronounced with the rising
tone except lung, one , sM3 four ; ha, five ; shaw, twenty. The following are not in the
list of words : 988 hcngt a thousand ; <^<S mm, ten thousand ; oSj^ shen> a hundred
thousand.

The figures are,
0  1;  J   2; 9 3;  9 -1 ;   0 3,  S 6;  \  7, O 8;  6 9; 0 0.

c^S ^tl%, one, is usually written ^JT.

Generic words can be added to numerals, as in Ahom. Mr. Needham's grammar
gives twelve common ones. We may mention oj8 Jco, used when counting human

beings; oqS to, used when counting animals ; and &><$ aw (? straightforward tone),
used in counting things generally.

-------------------------*-^^oaa^aMmiiBii    ,t.           !.!.
11 regxat that I do not know the tonfis of Men or of lum>hi.